Nava Thai Noodle and Grill
11301 Fern St.
Wheaton, MD 20902
Open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Open Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Papaya salad; pad Thai; hot-and-sour squid; frittata of mussels with green curry; Floating Market Noodle Soup; drunken noodles
Starters, $5.95 to $6.95; main courses, $7.95 to $10.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
There are moments in nearly every meal here--a soup that activates every taste sensor, a salad of Technicolor intensity--that make you think you've never really eaten Thai food before. Suchart and Ladavan Srigatesook don't cut corners. Only when an order is placed do they begin hand-grinding the condiments for their spicy papaya salad or assembling their Floating Market Noodle Soup layer by careful layer. The menu covers a lot of territory, including street foods that conjure a stroll among the night-market stalls of Thailand's big cities.
What to get: Country-pork salad tossed with onion, cilantro, and crushed, toasted rice and drizzled with chili-lime sauce; crispy battered mussels with red-chili dipping sauce; pork kaprow; a superb pad Thai; shrimp in zesty garlic-and-white-pepper sauce.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.